Tuesday, July 28, 2009
New Tools Of The Trade
Try out ACDSee Pro 3, which is now available for beta testing. To help accelerate workflow, the user interface is built around managing, viewing and processing images. Files can be managed to their own specifications using both folders and metadata. The Manage mode speeds the process of browsing, cataloging, retrieving and presenting collections with flexible time-saving tools. More than 100 file types are supported, including the latest RAW formats. In View mode, full-sized images can be seen faster. The Process mode integrates global nondestructive image editing and precise pixel-level editing, so you can make both kinds of adjustments and preview them in real time. Beta downloads are available on the website. The full version is expected this fall. Estimated Street Price: $169 (new); $90 (upgrade). Contact: ACD Systems, www.acdseepro.com.
Work on your images from a clearer, more enjoyable perspective using NEC Display’s 24-inch MultiSync LCD2490WUXi2 or LCD2490W2-BK-SV. Both widescreens feature 1900x1200 native resolution, X-Light Pro technology for maintaining consistent light output and ColorComp, which compensates for slight variations in luminance and color uniformity by providing even color across the screen area. The LCD2490W2-BK-SV model also comes with NEC’s SpectraViewII Color Calibration Solution. Estimated Street Price: $1,099 (LCD2490WUXi2); $1,299 (LCD2490W2-BK-SV). Contact: NEC Display Solutions, (866) NEC-MORE, www.necdisplay.com.
X-Rite is consolidating parts of its ProfileMaker 5 and MonacoPROFILER to create a streamlined, high-end color solution that’s precise and affordable. ProfileMaker 5 Platinum allows you to build reliable, customized ICC profiles. The included Multicolor Photoshop plug-in simplifies color separations and proofing. ProfileMaker 5 Packaging delivers consistency in N-color for profiling up to 10 colors. This gives you the option of working with RGB, CMYK, CMYK+X or true N-color. MonacoPROFILER Platinum offers expert profiling, diagnostics and editing tools for all input and output devices. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: X-Rite Photo, (914) 347-3300, www.xrite.com.
The Sunpak PRO 523PX2 Carbon Fiber tripod with Pistol Grip QR ballhead is ultralight, thanks to seven-layer, carbon-fiber construction. The 523PX2 can support up to 6.1 pounds, with height ranging from 12 to 64 inches. It also has three-position leg-angle locks for low-angle photography and comes with a second short center column for low-level photography. Other notable features include neoprene leg wraps, a reversible 1/4”-20 / 3/8” threaded screw, retractable leg spikes and a built-in bubble level. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Sunpak (ToCAD), (973) 627-9600, www.sunpak.com.
With a load capacity of 26 pounds, the Cullmann Magnesit 532C Carbon tripod provides sturdy support for your camera. The 532C uses strong, yet lightweight, die-cast magnesium parts and vibration-cushioned carbon legs for optimum stability. A newly developed leg-clamping design delivers fast, reliable locking and secure positioning. Height ranges from 25 to 72 inches, and you can position the camera as low as 12 inches for ground-level exposures. Other features include adjustable steel spikes, a separable center strut and foam casing on the upper legs that protects against bumps and damage. Estimated Street Price: $375. Contact: R.T.S., Inc., (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
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